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#1 How do I access tender opportunities?

New Brunswick Official documents for goods and services tenders issued by the Province are available free of charge on the New Brunswick Opportunities Network (NBON), this is an Internet based system that displays notices for goods, services and construction tenders issued on behalf of the Province.

Anyone can browse tender notices free of charge on NBON; however, only registered users can view and print official documents for goods and services tenders issued by the Province.

For more information or to register, complete the electronic registration form, go to www.gnb.ca/tenders.

NBON Help Line Telephone: (506) 444-5636 Toll Free within Canada: 1-877-231-8800 and 1-800-561-1422  E-mail: NBON@gnb.ca  Official tender documents for goods and services issued on behalf of the Province of New Brunswick are also available from BIDS and MERX.

Newfoundland and Labrador Tenders for goods and services valued at $2,500 and greater are advertised and made available at no cost through the Government Purchasing Agency’s website. In addition, construction tenders issued by the Tendering and Contracts Division of the Department of Transportation and Works are made available on the same website. http://www.gpa.gov.nl.ca/tenders/index.html

New tenders are issued daily and there is no cost for viewing or downloading tenders from the Government Purchasing Agency website.

Nova Scotia Tenders for goods and services valued at $10,000 and greater are advertised on the Government of Nova Scotia Tenders website.  Documents can be viewed or downloaded at no charge.   http://www.novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx

Tenders for construction services are also advertised on this website.  If on-line documents are not available, they can be picked up at the Public Tenders Office (charges may apply).

Any company registered in Nova Scotia can join the Tender Opportunities Notification Service (TONS).  This is a free service that allows you to receive e-mail notification about any new tenders posted on our website that match pre-selected categories.  To access this service, you must subscribe to the Nova Scotia Business Registry at www.nsbr.ca

Prince Edward Island All tenders over $5,000 for goods and materials are posted on our tendering site: www.gov.pe.ca/tenders   Visit the site and register as a new user. You will be asked for some basic information and a user name and password will be forwarded to your email address. Registration is free.

Government of Canada Bid opportunities for most requirements valued at $25 000 or more are advertised on MERX™  There is no cost to access federal bid opportunities on MERX. A small Canadian flag identifies these opportunities.

Departments and agencies also have the delegated authority to purchase their own goods and services valued at $25,000 or less, therefore, it is important to promote your goods and/or services to them.

#2 Who can I contact about selling my goods, services or construction services?

New Brunswick Please contact:

GOODS & SERVICES 506-453-3742 Department of Supply and Services Central Purchasing Branch

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION 506-453-3742 Department of Supply and Services Design and Construction Branch 

HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION 506-453-3939 Department of Transportation  Financial and Administrative Branch

Newfoundland and Labrador You can contact the Government Purchasing Agency office at (709) 729-3348.

You can also view the Public Sector Procurement Directory on the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development website: https://stjh-p001.gov.nl.ca/SDI/pkg_browse_t2.display_all_contact_list

This directory contains contact information for key buyers in government departments, agencies, crown corporations, municipalities, academic institutions, school boards, and health care facilities.

Nova Scotia You can view the Public Sector Purchasing Contacts Directory  on the Government of Nova Scotia Tenders website:

http://www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/vendor-information/contacts-directory.aspx

This directory is a guide of procurement contacts for: government departments, agencies, boards and commissions, municipalities, academic institutions, school boards, health authorities, and housing authorities.

Prince Edward Island You can view the Supplier’s Guide to Goods Procurement in the Government of Prince Edward Island athttp://www.gov.pe.ca/tenders/procurement.php3

Or you can contact:

Procurement Services Department of Finance and Municipal Affairs 902-368-4041 procurementservices@gov.pe.ca

Government of Canada The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) is the main federal government supplier resource and an important point of contact for general procurement questions.

Contact the national InfoLine (1-800-811-1148) or the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises For the Atlantic Provinces (1-902-426-5677)

#3 What is a Standing Offer Agreement and how can I be a supplier on a standing offer list?

New Brunswick Please contact:

NBON Help Line Telephone: (506) 444-5636 Toll Free within Canada: 1-877-231-8800 and 1-800-561-1422  E-mail: NBON@gnb.ca

Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Offer Agreements provide government departments with goods and/or services at predetermined prices and terms and conditions.  These items are purchased on an “as and when required” basis for a specified period. 

Tenders for Standing Offers can be found on our website http://www.gpa.gov.nl.ca/tenders/index.html. Like other tenders you must respond during the specified timeframe to be eligible and if you are placed on a standing offer list, it means you have offered to provide your product or service at an agreed upon price for the time period of the contract.

Nova Scotia In most cases, standing offers are issued as regular tenders and are posted on our Procurement website:

https://www.gov.ns.ca/tenders/tenders/ns-tenders.aspx

You must respond during the specified timeframe in order to be evaluated for potential acceptance for a standing offer. Any supplier who replies to these tenders and meets the published requirements as determined during the evaluation will be accepted.

Further details about our services standing offers are provided online in our Reference Manual for Suppliers. This short document provides important information about (i) our processes for establishing services standing offers and (ii) the procedures for client and suppliers to follow in a call-up for services. It also outlines (iii) supplier responsibilities and (iv) important constraints that prevail during the contract period. If you are accepted for a services standing offer or are responding to an open "Request for Standing Offer" (RSO) tender, we recommend that you ensure you are familiar with this Manual.

Prince Edward Island You can contact:

Procurement Services Department of Finance and Municipal Affairs 902-368-4041 procurementservices@gov.pe.ca

Government of Canada When a standing offer is set up with your company, you're offering to provide certain products or services at specified prices over a specified period of time. If and when the government issues a call-up or order against your standing offer, only then do you have a contract for the amount called up or ordered.

The process of setting up a standing offer is subject to the normal contracting policies and procedures (including procedures required under the trade agreements). You bid on standing offers the same way you bid on other opportunities. For more information, please see: The Bidding Process (www.buyandsell.gc.ca)

Access the weekly updated Pre-Qualified Supplier Data (to find current standing offers and supply arrangements in your business sector.

#4 Where do I get more information about how goods and services are purchased?

New Brunswick The process for procuring goods and services is governed by Provincial Legislation and various Trade Agreements. Additional information can be viewed online at www.gnb.ca/tenders and clicking the “Procurement Information” link.

Newfoundland and Labrador This information is available through our brochure, “How to Sell Your Goods and Services to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador”, which can be downloaded athttp://www.gpa.gov.nl.ca/sellingtoprovincial/index.html.  The Supplier Development Guide, “Selling to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador” can also be downloaded athttp://www.ibrd.gov.nl.ca/growing/sdiguide.html.

Nova Scotia This information is detailed in the Procurement Services Brochure which is available online atwww.gov.ns.ca/tenders/vendor-information/vendor-toolkit/procurement-brochure.aspx or you can contact Procurement Services at 902-424-6577.

Prince Edward Island Detailed instructions are available  on the procurement website at:

www.gov.pe.ca

Government of Canada www.buyandsell.gc.ca is the government of Canada’s new user-friendly procurement Web site. It is the main location to find information about doing business with the Government of Canada.   The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) is the main federal government supplier resource and an important point of contact for general procurement questions.

Contact the national InfoLine (1-800-811-1148) or the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises For the Atlantic Provinces (1-902-426-5677)